ATTENTION ALL DOG OWNERS AND DOG LOVERS
DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG BUSY BONES!!!
See that adorable little fluff ball? His name was Gizmo, he was one of the happiest little pup pups that I have ever seen. He loved his family and every minute he cold spend with my mom.
One day, we gave him a busy bone as a treat. A few hours after eating it, he starting acting really odd. He wasn’t acting odd and barely reacted to anything.
We didn’t really think anything of it because he was a pretty odd little pup and we thought he just he had to poop or something. So we went to bed and everything like normal.
The next day, he was even worse. He didn’t move at all, and threw up everything he tried to eat or drink. My mom called the vet and they said to just let it go for the night because he was probably just a little ill.
Gizmo just kept getting worse and worse. He could barely life his head and laid around all day long. Finally, my mom brought him into the vet and she told them about what was going on and they decided to do an X-Ray on him.
After the results came in, they noticed a large blockage in Giz’s intestines. They called my mom so she could bring him in for emergency surgery.
After surgery, the vet came out with a sample of what was blocking his intestines. As soon as my mom saw it, she knew exactly what it was.
They said they extracted as much as they could, but it was hard because he was only about 10 pounds and surgery is hard on little dogs. We picked him up from the vet a few hours later so he could have a chance to wake up. When we picked him up, he was still under the anesthesia and not very responsive. We still brought him home because it was either that or leave him at the vet overnight alone.
When we got home, all of my other animals got next to the kennel to see what was wrong.
About an hour after getting home, Gizmo passed away at only 4 years old.
I then wrote a very angry letter to Purina (the owners of Busy Bone) telling them what happened. I heard back the next day, and we started our claim.
They talked to Gizmo’s vet who told them is was definitely the Busy Bone that had caused his death. Purina paid us for the cost of the surgery just to shut us up and left us.
I am telling you this story as a warning, I know that Busy Bones are a popular treat to give dogs, but I am begging you
Please do not feed your dogs Busy Bones.
Gizmo’s life couldn’t be saved, but your dog still has a chance.
Please don’t give your dog anything made by Purina. I know it’s more expensive, but go to a pet boutique and look at the options. There are many kibbles out there that are much better for your dog than what Purina makes. Their primary ingredient is corn, in fact most brand names are made of corn or grains (Science Diet, Iams, etc.), and if we have trouble digesting corn how do you think a mostly carnivorous animal is?
I say mostly because it is perfectly fine to give your dog certain fruits such as apples (no seeds), bananas, and blueberries. Just like it is more than fine to give your dog bits of carrot or green beans. (Please do some research before throwing ‘human’ food at your pet, though!)
Please, go to these specialty stores and talk to some of the workers or the owners! As someone who worked in a Petsmart and then a small pet boutique after I can assure you there is a higher knowledge and several hours of training and experience that go into working for the latter.
There are many kibbles, such as Zignatures (which I use for my pup), which are a decent price with the first listed ingredient being meat, either chicken, lamb, duck, what have you. It is highly recommended to change which protein is given to your dog, as well! Their stomachs need variety just like ours do to be strong! These foods also include fruits and vegetables and most importantly NO GRAIN.
Grain is the number one cause of yeast which means ear, eyes, and skin infections. It also gives your dogs uncomfortable bumps and growths in their older age. Many of these contain cancer.
I repeat, there are SEVERAL kibbles that have NO GRAIN in them. Off the top of my head I can recall Zignatures, certain flavors of Fromm, Orijen and Acana (which are high in protein), Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, Born Free, and PureVita. And those are just the kibble! Many of these manufacturers make canned food and the great thing about them is they are all from America, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia which are the top of the line when it comes to pet food.
Another great option is dehydrated food. I know it sounds a little strange but it is essentially raw food with the water sucked away for more convenient packaging. You can either feed it to your dog the way it is OR reconstitute it (thicken it) with water. Great examples of such foods are made by Sojos, K9 Natural, Primal, Grandma Lucy’s, Ziwi Peak, The Honest Kitchen, and Stella and Chewy’s.
I saved Stella and Chewy’s for last because I personally loved selling their products because I trusted them. Named for their two pets, Stella and Chewy’s is the best example of a company that truly cares for pets. Made in Wisconsin with farm fresh food, Marie Moody, the founder and president, rescued a sick Chewy and brought him back to health with a raw food diet that she also began feeding Stella. She created a company that is dedicated to your pets and to safety. For example, while most companies will clean their factories once a month (one every two months or more?) Stella and Chewy’s shuts down and cleans everything EVERY DAY.
It is hard and pricey to maintain a raw food diet for dogs, understandably. What Stella and Chewy’s has instead is dehydrated patties that you can feed to your dog as is, sprinkle over their (GRAIN FREE) kibble, or place into a bowl and reconstitute with water! They’re amazing and my dog comes running whenever I pick up the bag.
Lastly, raw food is going to be the greatest thing you can give your dog. This is their ancestry diet and this is what will keep them healthy for a long time. Check out Northwest Naturals, Vital, Bravo, Nature’s Instinct, and Stella and Chewy’s.
As for treats, many of these stores provide grain free options. Many provide bones that have been baked so that they won’t splinter. Many provide bully sticks, which are made from the genitalia of bulls (I know, gross for us but the dogs LOVE them!) that melt down like candles when your dog eats them. They are 100% protein.
DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOGS: Busy Bones or Greenies or anything that is going to take them a long time to get through! They cause blockages that lead to the sad case above. There are safe options, however, including Brushless-Toothpaste, Get Naked, and Terrabone for tooth care.
Remember, food isn’t only going to keep your dog alive longer, it’s going to keep him/her happier! Feeding time is an important time not only for their health but for strengthening your bond! Please, look over your options.
And remember, a lot of this, especially the brands, goes for cats as well!